TCM helps restore the body to health by treating the imbalances detected through Chinese diagnosis, these imbalances can go on to become the illnesses or diseases which we now know of in modern medicine.
The Chinese have the longest, existing continuous medical system in the world. Although the terminology used in TCM may seem strange it has a very real place in modern treatment. TCM developed through long term careful observation of the body, symptoms and responses to treatment creating a valuable, natural and supportive system of healing. Chinese herbs are widely researched for their positive results with many medical conditions including cancer and autoimmune diseases and acupuncture is a proven therapy for the relief of many conditions including back pain.
TCM believes that illness and pain occur when the Qi (vital energy of the body) cannot move freely through the body. Acupuncturists select specific points on the body to treat your symptoms and their underlying causes. They insert very fine needles into those points. This restores the flow of Qi and triggers the natural healing response. Chinese herbs (in capsules for easy ingestion) may be given alongside the acupuncture sessions to support acupuncture treatment or by themselves.
Acupuncture is a natural way of bringing the body back into balance to create optimum health. It is based on ancient Chinese principles and is over 2000 years old. It is known to help with many conditions such as migraines headaches, chronic low back pain, neck pain, and knee osteoarthritis. (These are the only conditions that the Advertising Standards Authority allow us to mention ignoring expert opinion from the World Health Organisation, National Institute of Clinical Excellence and NHS, please ring to discuss other conditions Acupuncture can treat – if you wish to sign a petition supporting our fight against censorship and bias against complementary medicine please click here).
What does acupuncture treatment involve?
Whilst lying down, up to 30 needles will be inserted into specific points on your body. The needles are so fine that they can barely be felt on insertion. However, the sensation of the needle touching the acupuncture point often registers as an unusual feeling (e.g. tinging/mild aching/ hot or cold) depending on the person or point. You are then left for 15-20 minutes to relax with the needles in position and then they are removed. The needles may be manipulated during this time. Up to 10 sessions either weekly or 2 weekly may be needed to reach maximum effect. Dr Jessica and Dr Charley are registered with BMAS (the British Medical Acupuncture Society). Click here for prices.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbs are a fundamental part of TCM either complementing acupuncture treatment or as a stand-alone therapy following the same principles of restoring balance. They have been used in China for over 3000 years (most medications have only been in existence for less than 100 years). This means that their properties are well understood and their safety has been fully tested and documented. All herbs given are plant-based and several herbs are combined in order to make them more effective and reduce any potential side effects. Dr Jessica can prescribe an appropriate formula of herbs for you to support your treatment based on your individual characteristics & symptoms. Depending on the severity of your symptoms she may give you capsules or loose herbs to brew into a tea. All her herbs are obtained from Mayway an approved supplier for the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine. Dr Jessica is registered with the CMIR (Chinese Medicine Institute and Register).
The documentary by the BBC shown below gives and overview of Acupuncture/ Chinese Medicine and some of the Science supporting it.
The Web That Has No Weaver by Ted J Kaptchuk is one of the best English books to understand Chinese Medicine